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Right Side Gully

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Adaptive Expectations S 
Capitalism & Freedom S 
Classically Liberal S 
Consumption Dysfunction S 
Free to Choose S 
Invisible Hand S 
Natural Rate of Unemployment S 
Permanent Income Hypothesis S 
Rose T 

Right Side Gully Rock Climbing 

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The Right-Side Gully was the first area within the Fortress to see major development. There are currently more than 10-pitches of climbing in the 5.7-5.10d range, providing a full day of possibilities.

The Right-Side Gully is created by three major flatirons. There are long, moderate routes up each of these. Of the three formations, the two that house P.I.H. and Capitalism & Freedom are not to be missed. Both formations offer stunning exposure and very aesthetic summits at accessible climbing grades.

Getting There 

The right-side gully is the closest and most impressive of the gullies as viewed from the parking area.

From the dirt turnout, walk down to Sespe Creek. Turn left and walk down stream for about 100 feet. Cross the creek, continue down stream for about 100 feet and then climb the hillside to the left of a boulder-filled drainage. Cross the drainage to access the start of Free to Choose.

The first pitch of Free to Choose can be used to access all of the routes located to its left. While it is possible to scramble up the gully itself to access routes like P.I.H. and Natural Rate, it is not recommended. Continue traversing right from the base of Free to Choose to access Classically Liberal and Consumption Dysfunction.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Right Side Gully

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Right Side Gully:
Free to Choose   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Permanent Income Hypothesis   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   
Consumption Dysfunction   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   
Capitalism & Freedom   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 155'   
Natural Rate of Unemployment   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Classically Liberal   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A) Free to Choose (5.8) B) Permanent Income Hypoth...

Permanent Income Hypothesis 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Central Coast : ... : Right Side Gully
Airy and exposed climbing up one of the most striking aretes in the Fortress.The crux of the route is right off the ground, passing the first bolt (5.9+). The remainder of the route is steep and sustained (5.8). The last 40 feet are unbelievable!A 60m rope is an absolute MUST as the route itself is approximately 55m long and the rappels are 30m each....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 6, 2009
a.k.a. "Milton Friedman Memorial Crag."

As a historical footnote, Milton Friedman died the same week that we undertook our first day of exploration in the Fortress in November 2006. The route "Free to Choose" was the first line that we explored.
By Trevor Cox
From: Ojai, California
Mar 25, 2017
Love this place!

Matthew: Any idea if any routes have been established on the big face to the right of Free to Choose? Can't seem to find anything.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Mar 26, 2017
Hi Trevor. We explored the face between Free to Choose and Classically Liberal, and did not find evidence of previous ascents. What we found instead was the poorest quality rock on any of the flatirons in the Fortress.

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